The Basics

How to Read this Catalog

The following explanations pertain to the ways courses are represented throughout this catalog, especially in the sections entitled Undergraduate ProgramsGraduate Programs, and Course Descriptions.

To see courses listed by semester, meeting time, or instructor, please log on to e-Campus and choose “Class Search.” Registration for classes also takes place through e-Campus.

Course Numbering

Courses numbered 001-099 are pre-freshman and special undergraduate courses, and do not carry bachelor’s degree credit. Those numbered 100-299 are lower-division undergraduate courses, and those numbered 300-399 are upper-division undergraduate courses. The 400-level courses are generally limited to juniors and seniors majoring in that field, but are open to other advanced undergraduates and graduate students with permission.

Please note that enrollment in 200-level College of Engineering courses is restricted to engineering majors only. Exceptions can be made by permisson of the department chair. Enrollment in 300-level and above College of Engineering courses is restricted to students who have been admitted to a degree granting college.

The 500-level courses are graduate courses for which a bachelor’s degree is usually a prerequisite, but qualified seniors and honors students are admitted with permission. These courses should make up the majority of course work for students working toward a master’s degree. Courses at the 600 level are advanced graduate courses. The 900-level courses are special types of graduate courses for which no degree credit is given. They include courses offered to remedy deficiencies as well as workshops, institutes, and courses offered one time only by visiting faculty.

Course numbers separated with a slash indicate either a sequence or two courses that are required to be taken concurrently. For full clarification, check the listings for those courses in the e-Campus Course Schedule and speak with an academic advisor.

The number in parentheses after the course name or code indicates the number of credits (e.g. the Art History course “Introduction to Art (3 crs.)” may also be abbreviated as “ARH 120 (3)”).


Course Codes

AAF | Africana Studies

AFS | Aquaculture and Fisheries Science

AMS | Applied Mathematical Sciences

APG | Anthropology

ARB | Arabic

ARH | Art History

ART | Art

AST | Astronomy

AVS | Animal and Veterinary Science

BCH | Biochemistry

BES | Biological and Environmental Studies

BIO | Biological Sciences

BIS | Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

BME | Biomedical Engineering

BPS | Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

BUS | Business

CCC | Cross-Cultural Competence

CHE | Chemical Engineering

CHM | Chemistry

CHN | Chinese

CLA | Classics

CLS | Comparative Literature Studies

CMD | Communicative Disorders

COM | Communication Studies

CPL | Community Planning

CSC | Computer Science

CSF | Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

CSV | Community Service

CVE | Civil and Environmental Engineering

ECN | Economics

EDC | Education

EDP | Ph.D. in Education

EDS | Special Education

EEC | Environmental Economics

EGR | Engineering

ELE | Electrical Engineering

ELS | English Language Studies

ENG | English

ENT | Entomology

EVS | Environmental Sciences

FAL | Fine Arts and Literature

FLM | Film Media

FOS | Forensic Science

FRN | French

GCH | Grand Challenges

GEG | Geography

GEO | Geosciences

GER | German

GRK | Greek

GWS | Gender and Women’s Studies

HBW | Hebrew

HDF | Human Development and Family Studies

HIS | History

HLT | Health

HPR | Honors Program

HSA | Health Services Administration

HSS | Human Science and Services

ISE | Industrial and Systems Engineering

ITL | Italian

ITR | Internships and Experiential Education

JOR | Journalism

JPN | Japanese

KIN | Kinesiology

LAN | Languages

LAR | Landscape Architecture

LAS | Latin American Studies

LAT | Latin

LET | Letters

LIB | Library

LIN | Linguistics

LRS | Labor Relations and Human Resources

LSC | Library and Information Studies

MAC | Master of Science in Accounting

MAF | Marine Affairs

MBA | Master’s in Business Administration

MCE | Mechanical Engineering

MIC | Microbiology

MLS | Medical Laboratory Science

MSL | Military Science and Leadership

MTH | Mathematics

MUS | Music

NES | New England Studies

NEU | Neuroscience

NFS | Nutrition and Food Sciences

NRS | Natural Resources Science

NUE | Nuclear Engineering

NUR | Nursing

NVP | Nonviolence and Peace Studies

OCE | Ocean Engineering

OCG | Oceanography

OCS | Off Campus Study – Undergraduate

OCSG | Off Campus Study – Graduate

PHC | Pharmacy

PHL | Philosophy

PHP | Pharmacy Practice

PHT | Physical Therapy

PHY | Physics

PLA | Prior Learning Assessment

PLS | Plant Sciences

POR | Portuguese

PRS | Public Relations

PSC | Political Science

PSY | Psychology

RDE | Resource Development Education

RLS | Religious Studies

RUS | Russian

SCM | School of Communications and Media

SOC | Sociology

SPA | Spanish

STA | Statistics

SUS | Sustainability

THE | Theatre

THN | Thanatology

TMD | Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design

URB | Urban Affairs

URI | University of Rhode Island Freshman Seminar

WRT | Writing

Course descriptions including “Cross-listed as” indicate multiple departments or programs that offer the same course (e.g. “Cross-listed as (AAF), HIS 150” course is offered by both Africana Studies and History).

In the Course Descriptions, the information in parentheses after the full text of the course description tells the format and number of hours per week (e.g. “Lec. 3” means three hours of lecture). “Pre:” refers to a prerequisite. “S/U credit” signifies a course in which only grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory are given.

Courses that meet general education requirements are designated with a letter in parentheses indicating the appropriate group, as follows:

(A) | Fine Arts and Literature

(FC) | Foreign Language/Cross-Cultural Competence

(L) | Letters

(EC) | English Communication (General)

(ECw) | English Communication (Written)

(MQ) | Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning

(N) | Natural Sciences

(S) | Social Sciences

Courses that meet the general education diversity requirement are designated with a [D].

Student Learning Outcomes

The University of Rhode Island expects that every academic program, as a consequence of the interaction between general education and a major, will lead the student to:

•  think critically in order to solve problems and question the nature and sources of authority;

•  use the methods and materials characteristic of each of the knowledge areas while understanding their interconnectedness;

•  commit to intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning;

•  maintain an openness to new ideas while utilizing the social skills necessary for both teamwork and leadership; and

•  think independently, be self-directed, and take initiative based on informed choices.

For individual academic program student learning outcomes, go to the program website or visit:

Majors and Fields of Study

Undergraduate Majors

For a list that includes areas of focus and live links to department websites, visit

College of Arts & Sciences

Gender and Women’s Studies: B.A
German: B.A.
History: B.A.
Italian: B.A.
Journalism: B.A.
Latin American Studies: B.A.*
Mathematics: B.A., B.S.
Music: B.A., B.M.
Philosophy: B.A.
Physics: B.A.*, B.S.
Physics and Physical Oceanography: B.S.
Political Science: B.A.
Psychology: B.A., B.S.
Public Relations: B.A.
Sociology: B.A., B.S.
Spanish: B.A.
Theatre: B.F.A.
Writing and Rhetoric: B.A.

College of Business Administration

College of Engineering

College of the Environment and Life Sciences


College of Human Science and Services

Communicative Disorders: B.S.
Education: Elementary B.A., Secondary B.A., B.S.
Health Studies: B.S.
Human Development and Family Studies: B.S.

College of Nursing

Nursing: B.S.

College of Pharmacy

Pharmaceutical Sciences: B.S.
Pharmacy: Pharm.D. (six years)

Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education


* This degree program is not accepting applicants. Search the online or print catalog to learn if the field of study is available under a different program.


Graduate Fields of Study

Master of Arts


Master of Science

Biological and Environmental Sciences
• Cell and Molecular Biology
• Integrative and Evolutionary Biology
• Environmental and Earth Sciences
• Ecology and Ecosystems Sciences
• Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Chemical Engineering**
Civil and Environmental Engineering**
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering**
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Human Development and Family Studies
• College Student Personnel
• Human Development and Family Studies
• Marriage and Family Therapy


Doctor of Philosophy

Applied Mathematical Sciences*
Biological and Environmental Sciences
• Cell and Molecular Biology
• Integrative and Evolutionary Biology
• Ecology and Ecosystems Sciences
• Environmental and Earth Sciences
• Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
Business Administration
• Finance and Insurance
• Management
• Management Science
• Marketing
Chemical Engineering**
Civil and Environmental Engineering**
Computer Science
Education (joint URI-RIC)
Electrical Engineering**


Professional Degrees


Post-Baccaulaureate Certificate Programs

Chemical Engineering (Polymers)
Cyber Security
Digital Forensics
Electrical Engineering (VLSI)
Gender and Women’s Studies
Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/RS)
Interdisciplinary Neuroscience
Labor Relations & Human Resources
Library & Information Studies
Textiles, Fashion Merchandising & Design

* This degree program is not accepting applicants. Search the online or print catalog to learn if the field of study is available under a different program.

** This program includes the option of earning dual degrees from URI and from Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany. For more information, visit

Undergraduate Degrees

All programs aim at a balance of studies of the natural and social sciences, the humanities, and professional subjects. The courses and programs of study have been approved by national accrediting agencies and are accepted for credit by other approved institutions of higher education (see Accreditation).

Undergraduate students can earn the following degrees at URI:

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Feinstein College of Continuing Education)

URI’s College of Pharmacy also offers a six-year entry-level program, leading to the Pharm.D. degree.

All Kingston freshmen who enter the University to earn a bachelor’s degree are first enrolled in University College for Academic Success. All undergraduates at the University, whether at our Kingston or Providence campuses, have a wide choice of programs from which to choose a major, and our advising programs provide help in making this important decision and in choosing appropriate courses.

The University’s undergraduate majors are listed in Majors and Fields of Study.

Graduate Degrees

Graduate study at the University was inaugurated in 1907 with Master of Science degrees in chemistry and engineering. The Master of Arts degree was first awarded in 1951, and in 1960 the University awarded its first Doctor of Philosophy degree. Graduate work for professional degrees was initiated in 1962, when the degree of Master of Public Administration was first awarded. Today, students may earn the following degrees:

Master of Arts

Master of Science

Master of Business Administration

Master of Environmental Science and Management

Master of Library and Information Studies

Master of Marine Affairs

Master of Music

Master of Oceanography

Master of Public Administration

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The University also offers a joint program with Roger Williams University, the M.S./J.D. in labor relations and human resources. Additionally, the University cooperates with Rhode Island College in offering a joint Ph.D. degree in education.

The Graduate School has primary responsibility for administering policies and procedures relating to advanced study at URI. Graduate School policy is formulated by graduate faculty members, acting through their delegate body, the Graduate Council, which includes student members. Only the Graduate School or the Graduate Council can grant exceptions to the regulations for graduate study, which are explained in detail in the Graduate Programs section of this catalog and in the Graduate School Manual.

The University’s graduate programs of study are listed in Majors and Fields of StudyStudy and research in a combination of special areas is often possible, and some graduate programs actively encourage collaborative multidisciplinary work. Specific mention of these opportunities is included in individual program descriptions. Graduate-level course work applicable to a number of programs is offered in several locations throughout the state by the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education. In most cases, however, a portion of the courses must be taken on the Kingston Campus.

Students with a bachelor’s degree from URI or another university with equivalent requirements and accreditation may be admitted for graduate study, providing their credentials meet the standards set by the Graduate School and the department in which they wish to study, and that facilities for study are available in their field of interest. Among the standards required for admission are an approximate undergraduate average of B or better and, where required, satisfactory scores on a nationally administered examination.

University Manual

University regulations governing matters such as conduct, grading, probation and dismissal, academic integrity, withdrawal from the University, and graduation requirements are fully explained in the University Manual found at Such rights and responsibilities are also described in the Student Handbook, which is available from the Office of Student Life and at


The University of Rhode Island is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In addition, certain courses and programs of study have been approved by national accrediting agencies.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a nongovernmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions range from elementary schools to collegiate institutions offering postgraduate instruction.

Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college is one that has the necessary resources available to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial, but applies to the University as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or of the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the University.

Inquiries regarding the status of an institution’s accreditation by the New England Association should be directed to the school’s administrative staff or to the association at 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803; 781.425.7700 or 855.886.3272 (toll-free).

The national accrediting agencies that have approved the quality of certain course offerings and programs of study include the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training, Accreditation Commission on Education for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), American Library Association, American Psychological Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Schools of Music, and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The University is also an approved member institution of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, the American Council on Education, the Association for Continuing Higher Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the Council of Graduate Schools, the Institute for International Education, the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), the North American Association of Summer Sessions, the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professorate, the Society for College and University Planning, and the University Continuing Education Association.

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